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Eureka Union SD |  BP  0420.4  Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans

Charter Schools   

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The Governing Board believes that charter schools provide one opportunity to implement school-level reform and to support innovations which improve student learning. These schools shall operate under the provisions of their charters, federal laws, specified state laws and general oversight of the Board.

As needed, the Superintendent or designee may work with charter school petitioners to establish workable plans for technical assistance or contracted services which the district may provide to the proposed charter school.

In determining whether to grant or deny a charter, the Board shall carefully review the proposed charter and any supplementary information, consider public and staff input, and determine whether the charter petition adequately addresses all the provisions required by law. The Board shall not deny a charter school petition unless specific written factual findings are made pursuant to law and administrative regulation.

The Board shall ensure that any charter granted by the Board contains adequate processes and measures for holding the school accountable for fulfilling the terms of its charter. These shall include, but not be limited to, fiscal accountability systems as well as multiple measures for evaluating the educational program. In accordance with law and the charter provisions, charters shall provide regular reports to the Board to assist the Board in its fulfilling oversight responsibility.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

The district shall not require any student to attend a charter school and shall not require any district employee to work at a charter school. (Education Code 47605)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

41365 Charter school revolving loan fund

42100 Annual statement of receipts and expenditures

42238.51-42238.53 Funding for charter districts

44237 Criminal record summary

44830.1 Certificated employees, conviction of a violent or serious felony

45122.1 Classified employees, conviction of a violent or serious felony

46201 Instructional minutes

47600-47616.7 Charter Schools Act of 1992, as amended

47640-47647 Special education funding for charter schools

47652 Funding of first-year charter schools

48000 Minimum age of admission (kindergarten)

48010 Minimum age of admission (first grade)

48011 Minimum age of admission from kindergarten or other school

51745-51749.3 Independent study

52052 Alternative accountability system

54032 Limited English or low-achieving pupils

56026 Special education

56145-56146 Special education services in charter schools

60600-60649 Assessment of academic achievement, including:

60605 Academic content and performance standards; assessments

60640-60649 Standardized Testing and Reporting Program

GOVERNMENT CODE

3540-3549.3 Educational Employment Relations Act

54950-54963 The Ralph M. Brown Act

PENAL CODE

667.5 Definition of violent felony

1192.7 Definition of serious felony

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

11700.1-11705 Independent study

11960-11969 Charter schools

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

6311 Adequate yearly progress

6319 Qualifications of teachers and paraprofessionals

7223-7225 Charter schools

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34

200.1-200.78 Accountability

300.18 Highly qualified special education teachers

COURT DECISIONS

Ridgecrest Charter School v. Sierra Sands Unified School District, (2005) 130 Cal.App.4th 986

ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS

89 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 166 (2006)

80 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 52 (1997)

78 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 297 (1995)

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Charter Schools: A Manual for Governance Teams, 2002

CDE PUBLICATIONS

Special Education and Charter Schools: Questions and Answers, September 10, 2002

USDOE DRAFT NONREGULATORY GUIDANCE

Charter School Program, August 31, 2003

The Impact of the New Title I Requirements on Charter Schools, March 24, 2003

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

CDE: http://www.cde.ca.gov/charter

Education Commission of the States: http://www.ecs.org

NSBA: http://www.nsba.org

U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

Policy EUREKA UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: July 20, 2004 Granite Bay, California